Home, Lawn and Garden Sale running through Saturday at Sportsplex

Starkville residents browse the NARFE tables at the Home, Lawn and Garden Sale Friday. Pictured are (left to right) Andrelyn Smith, 40, Max Arnett, 71, and Gloria Conley, 68. (Photo by Sarah Raines, SDN)
Staff Writer

Friday was the first half of a two-day Home, Lawn and Garden Sale created by the National Association of Retired Federal Employees to benefit the Alzheimer's Association, and people trickled in and out of the Starkville Sportsplex to browse tables of new and lightly used merchandise.

The sale will be open again on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Previous to this year, NARFE has held events downtown to sell and raise money for Alzheimer's research. In October 2016 the group held a sale outside of Cadence Bank and then used the goods left over to create a silent auction that took place inside the bank. This year, Treasurer Everlyn Johnson organized a sale at the Sportsplex, a venue where more vendors could come in and set up tables to sell goods.

Johnson said she had been to a sale in the Sportsplex years before and it inspired the Home, Lawn and Garden Sale. They set the date for the first weekend of August and invited vendors to set up alongside the NARFE and sell their own goods.

On Friday, Johnson was selling fabrics across the floor from the NARFE, who had an array of goods from china to yard decor. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Youth Group sold food to raise money for their group.

NARFE members Larry Doolittle and Myles Carpenter were manning the booth for the early afternoon.

"This is all donated from individuals and from a couple of businesses," Doolittle said. "Alzheimer's is the primary charity the NARFE supports."

Some businesses that donated goods include the Oktibbeha County Co-op, Jeweler's Bench, family of the late Thelma Williams, Vin and Lin's Glass Crafts and Bell Building Supply.